|Cole Train is pickin' up steam (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Pittsburgh broke big in the seventh. Gerrit singled, Fraze walked, then J-Hay and Gregory banged doubles (El Coffee's later changed to 1B/E7; the LF'er tripped over himself charging the ball). Freeser and Cutch singled and another run crossed the dish as Wily got a reprieve and Paolo Espinosa came on. He got a GIDP a few batters late with the Bucs now up 8-1. Gerrit celebrated the big seventh with a seven-pitch frame. The Pirates calmed down in the eighth. Jhan Marinez got himself into a second-and-third jam and then worked out of it. The Bucs left a couple on ice in the ninth and the Brew Crew stranded one more as Pittsburgh cruised home.
It's great news to see Gerrit back in form; he's shut down two of the NL's big bangers in the Brewers and Rox. And no one has to worry about Cutch's value anymore. This was a nice bounce back after a disappointing Chicago series. But they have a ways to go yet; the club is still six games under .500 although just four games behind The Crew and the Cubs in the loss column.
- Cutch had two hits, including a homer and three RBI, Freeser had two knocks and a walk, Gregory rapped out a pair, and Fraze & Fran had a hit and free pass. Fraze plated a pair of runs and seven different Buccos scored.
- Holy Moly - Pittsburgh was 5-of-9 w/RISP; the home-run-or-no-count Brewers were 0-for-9.
- Jordy extended his hitting streak to nine games.
- Jim Callis of MLB.com reported that seventh-round pick Jared Oliva, an Arizona OF'er, signed w/Pirates for $200K, his slot value.